Please remember to edit replies. <snip> > The drive continues to operate as a straightforward CD Rom Drive, but > all CD R and CDRW functions are inaccessible to me=2E In Control > Panel/System Properties/Device Manager, the drive is correctly listed > and a CD RW drive, and it says "is working correctly", but it clearly > isn't=2E > Possible Causes of the Problem=2E > Although I have burned several CD's I had never Ripped a CD, and I > wanted to copy a music CD, so I was trying to Rip for the first time=2E > I have subsequently learned that it is usual to copy a CD from one > drive to another, (which of course I cannot do!) but I was thinking > that there would be a way to "save" the CD onto my Hard Disk and then > burn it onto a CD R Disc using the CD RW Drive=2E As I was having > difficulty doing this with this with the software that I had on my > system I tried downloading other CD RW software programs from the > Internet=2E These were equally unable to perform this task, but in the > process of installing and uninstalling these programs it is possible > that I have done something that has resulted in my problem=2E > I am unaware of any other possible cause=2E Actually, it is recommended that when you copy cds=2E=2E especially audio = cds, that you do NOT copy from one drive to another=2E It is best to make an image of the cd on the hard drive first, so that you greatly minimize the chance of getting a buffer underrun, and a coaster as a result=2E For audio cd ripping, I highly recommend a program called "Exact Audio Copy"=2E You can download it from the site: http://www=2Eexactaudiocopy=2Ede/ Unlike most audio cd rippers, this one is able to perform error detection,= thus helping to ensure that your copy comes out without clicks - especiall= y useful if you are copying scratched CDs=2E <snip> > I have re-installed Windows 98SE - it has not made any difference=2E Was this is clean install or a "dirty" install? > I have tried Uninstalling all the software relating to the drive and > then re installing it, using the disc that came with the drive, but it > seems to just load the RW burning programs, but it does seem to have > any drivers or other software relating to the drive itself=2E That is correct, as the driver for the drive itself is just the standard IDE CD ROM driver that comes with Windows, as is the case with all standar= d CD ROM drives=2E The drive itself might come with DOS drivers, but this i= s only for use in DOS=2E As for detecting it as a writer, that's the cd burning software's job=2E > I haven't physically examined the drive and the connectors, as I > assume that if it is working as a conventional CD Rom drive, the > connections must be sound=2E Most of the time, this is correct=2E=2Ebut it never hurts to check these things, even if it is just for kicks=2E Anyway=2E=2E are you sure you uninstalled all traces of anything you installed? It could be possible that some poorly written software is trying to take over= the drive=2E What program came with the writer by the way?=20 -------------------------------------------------------------------- mail2web - Check your email from the web at http://mail2web=2Ecom/ =2E - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.